Phil Doran

THE RELUCTANT TUSCAN: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (Gotham)

The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner ItalianA TV producer for more than twenty-five years, Phil Doran worked as a writer-producer for such shows as Sanford and Son, Too Close for Comfort, and Who’s the Boss? and as a writer for The Wonder Years. He also wrote episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and for variety-show stars Tim Conway, the Smothers Brothers, and Tony Orlando.  He received an Emmy nomination, a Humanitas Award, and the Population Institute Award for his work on All in the Family.  He has also written for the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine.

After twenty-five years of losing her husband to Hollywood, Doran’s wife decided it was finally time for a change–so on one of her many solo trips to Italy she surprised him by purchasing a broken-down three-hundred-year-old farmhouse for them to restore.  THE RELUCTANT TUSCAN is the story of the author’s transition from a successful but overworked writer-producer in Hollywood to a man rediscovering himself and his wife in Italy, the last place he expected to find happiness.


Author photo Doran           “The Reluctant Tuscan is a delightful read and then some.” --Norman Lear